Fast friends

February 26, 2013

Swim coaches form bond at the pool

By Greg Farrar Laura Halter (left), Issaquah High School swim coach, and Kris Daughters, her counterpart at Liberty High School, greet each other with a hug as the boys swim meet between the Eagles and Patriots gets underway Jan. 24 at Julius Boehm Pool.

By Greg Farrar
Laura Halter (left), Issaquah High School swim coach, and Kris Daughters, her counterpart at Liberty High School, greet each other with a hug as the boys swim meet between the Eagles and Patriots gets underway Jan. 24 at Julius Boehm Pool.

Issaquah and Liberty high school swim coaches Laura Halter and Kris Daughters know firsthand what it is like traversing through the state’s most competitive league year in and year out.

The Eagles’ Halter guides her teams, boys and girls, through the KingCo 4A league, while the Patriots’ Daughters manages in the KingCo 2A/3A league.

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Final Statement

February 19, 2013

All area high school swimmers win team, individual state titles

By Greg Farrar Raymond Ha, Liberty High School senior, steps up out of the pool after repeating as 3A state champion in the 100-yard butterfly Feb. 16 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

By Greg Farrar
Raymond Ha, Liberty High School senior, steps up out of the pool after repeating as 3A state champion in the 100-yard butterfly Feb. 16 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

At the 2013 4A Boys State Swim and Dive Championships, Issaquah High School coach Laura Halter wore a T-shirt with an illustration of purple-and-gold eagle wings on the back. Each feather included the name of one of her swimmers.

It proved to be an appropriate symbol, as it took each swimmer working together to help the Eagles take flight toward a fourth-place finish at state.

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Issaquah swimmers dunk Liberty at meet

January 29, 2013

By Greg Farrar Caleb Walin, Issaquah High School junior, swims to a victory in the 200-yard freestyle race with a time of 2 minutes, 4.40 seconds Jan. 24 against Liberty at Julius Boehm Pool.

Caleb Walin, Issaquah High School junior, swims to a victory in the 200-yard freestyle race with a time of 2 minutes, 4.40 seconds Jan. 24 against Liberty at Julius Boehm Pool. By Greg Farrar

Coaches are notorious planners, especially in individual sports, such as golf, tennis, wrestling and swimming.

These amazing aquatic mentors can usually anticipate what may or may not transpire down to the tenth of a digit. At the annual swim meet between the Issaquah Eagles and the Liberty Patriots held at Julius Boehm Pool on Jan. 24, what unfolded in front of the unsuspecting audience was not only in the realm of the uncharted, but was entirely unexpected with the element of surprise and was outrageously humorous.

With Issaquah owning a commanding advantage heading into the final event of the afternoon, the 400-yard freestyle relay, swimmers from both squads manned the starting blocks, displaying their best stern and stoic game faces, but a funny thing happened on the way down to the water. When the horn sounded to initiate the proceedings, the participants began to churn the water with every imaginable myriad of swim stroke possible in rather comical fashion.

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Condition of aging Julius Boehm Pool could shape park bond measure

September 18, 2012

Come summertime, about 1,000 people each day slip into the 84-degree water at Julius Boehm Pool, a fixture in downtown Issaquah for decades.

The crowd is diverse in age and activity — early-morning lap swimmers, senior citizens in water-exercise classes, children for swimming lessons and more. Summer is the busiest time of year for the pool.

The pool is 40 years old — 15 years older than designers intended for the facility — and visitors and employees often encounter signs of age.

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Who’s News

August 21, 2012

Scouts earn Eagle rank

Two Boy Scouts from Bellevue Troop 626 —    David Adams and Kevin Hays — earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor, at a recent court of honor ceremony at the Bellevue Community Center.

David Adams and Kevin Hays

For his Eagle service project, David designed and led the construction of a wheelchair-accessible gardening table for mentally handicapped clients of the Tavon Center. On the road to Eagle, David earned 22 merit badges, spent many weekends camping and provided countless hours of community service. David was very involved in troop leadership, taking on roles such as historian, troop guide, patrol leader and ultimately senior patrol leader.

Throughout his years in the troop he experienced the outdoors in the usual campouts, such as Camporee and summer camp, but also had the pleasure to experience the boundary waters of Minnesota and Canada through his 95-mile, five-day high adventure canoeing trip, Northern Tier.

David graduated from Liberty High School, where he participated in the service-oriented groups Key Club, Honor Society and the Liberty Welcome Crew. He swam as a member of the Liberty swim team, the Issaquah Swim Team and is currently on the Maple Hills Swim Team. He is an avid Rubik’s Cube speed-cuber, enjoys online games and works at the Newcastle YMCA as a swim instructor and lifeguard. He is attending the University of California, Berkeley, in the fall to study engineering.

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Issaquah boys swimmers celebrate second place in state

February 21, 2012

Issaquah’s boys end with best finish ever

Jubilant members of the Issaquah High School boys swim team and their coaches hoist their state 4A second place team trophy and give themselves a cheer Feb. 18 at the King County Aquatic Center. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah High School coach Laura Halter hoisted the second place trophy high above her head and smiled ear to ear. Halter’s team had surpassed even her expectations when it finished second in the Class 4A boys state swimming and diving championships Feb. 18 in Federal Way’s King County Aquatic Center.

“This is just a surprise,” Halter said. “Any one of the top five teams could have won this meet. I’m really, really proud of the boys.”

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Eagles win first SeaKing district swimming title

February 14, 2012

 Brian Ruggles, Issaquah High School senior, leaps at the start of his 100-yard backstroke race Jan. 10 against Eastlake High School at the Julius Boehm Pool. By Christopher Huber

The Issaquah High School boys swim team had current coaches, former coaches and swimmers searching the program’s records last weekend.

That’s because the Eagles just might have established a first for the program. On Feb. 11, Issaquah finished in first place at the Sea-King District 4A Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Washington. The Eagles, sparked by two first-place relays, compiled 233 points to top KingCo Conference rival Newport by 2.5 points.

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Skyline girls basketball team keeps Crest lead

January 27, 2012

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Jan. 27, 2012 

The Skyline High School girls basketball team shot to a 16-9 first quarter lead and went into cruise control the rest of the way Wednesday as the Spartans defeated Redmond 56-37 in KingCo Conference 4A action.

With the victory, Skyline went to 7-2 in league play and kept a one-game lead over Eastlake and Issaquah in the Crest Division standings.

Megan Wiedeman, of Skyline, scored a game-high 17 points. Teammates Morgan Farrar and Allie Wyszynski each had 10 points. Susie Tinker added eight points.

The Spartans have two of their toughest games coming up next week, hosting Issaquah Jan. 31 and playing at Eastlake on Feb. 1.

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Logan Briggs reaches another milestone

January 24, 2012

Logan Briggs, Liberty senior, cuts through the water during his 200-yard freestyle race Dec. 1 against Interlake. By Greg Farrar

Liberty High School’s Logan Briggs entered the school record book again Jan. 5 when he set a new mark in the 200 individual medley. Briggs won the race in a state-qualifying time of 1:56.65 to help the Patriots defeat Sammamish, 114-68.

Briggs holds five individual school records. He has the fastest times in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. He has also been a member of record-setting 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.

Teammate Raymond Ha also set a school record earlier this season by winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.76.

Brian Ruggles leads Eagles to win swimming meet versus Wolves

January 17, 2012

Brian Ruggles (bottom), Issaquah High School senior, passes an Eastlake swimmer on his way to winning the 100-yard backstroke Jan. 10 at the Julius Boehm Pool. By Christopher Huber

It was Brian Ruggles’ day to be in the water.

Despite having to swim against Ed Kim, Eastlake High School’s phenom sophomore, in the relays, the Issaquah senior dropped time from his 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke performances Jan. 10 to help the Eagles beat the Wolves, 109-76, in a KingCo Conference 4A meet at the Julius Boehm Pool.

Ruggles, who also helped Issaquah win the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard free relay, improved his state time in the 50 free when he finished in 22.57 seconds. And in the 100 backstroke, he cut 2.5 seconds from his previous district-qualifying time, finishing in 57.79 seconds.

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